Designed specifically for Silo Brighton and in collaboration with Nina+Co, these lights are made using wood waste which has been myceliated with the Ganoderma mushroom. Mycelium is the vegetative part of a fungus, consisting of a mass branching and thread-like structure (Hyphae). Each light is created by the mycelium as it grows and binds with the waste material within a 3D printed mould. The growth of these lights is rapid, with full lights being grown within five days. This growth results in a material which is both incredibly strong and surprisingly lightweight, with each product being able to be composted after use.
As part of London Design festival 2018, I was invited to exhibit this work at somerset house for the makerversity Material Explorations: Waste Streams which brought together Makerversity members, alumni and external exhibitors, extended from art, design to science, social engagement and consultancy.